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  1. The troops were on patrol as part of Operation Sentinel, in which the army deployed 10,000 soldiers across France to protect civilians after the attacks in Paris in January 2015. PHOTO: AFP PARIS: A car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris on Wednesday, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said. The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8am (0600 GMT) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police described the incident as an "apparently deliberate act". France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites. An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP. In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris´s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees. In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to Daesh attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
  2. After missing the first match owing to viral fever, KL Rahul ticked all boxes when he came out to bat for India on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Looking in good touch, the right-hander slammed a brilliant fifty to give the visitors a solid start. It was Rahul's sixth consecutive fifty in Test cricket which helped him match the feat of legends Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid. Six half-centuries in a row also meant that Rahul jumped ahead of the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Navjot Singh Sidhu - who all scored five consecutive fifties in their respective Test careers. © Reuters The 25-year-old was pivotal during their home series against Australia where he smashed five consecutive half-centuries and it seems that the Indian opener has carried his splendid form to Sri Lanka now. His scores of 90, 51, 67, 60 and 51* against the visiting Australians had also played a key role in India's series win. After losing the first Test, Virat Kohli's men made a roaring come back to clinch the series 2-1. © Reuters For a man who struggled for consistency early in his Test career, Rahul has surely turned over a new leaf with a series of good performances which has made him India's most-preferred opener in the longer version of the game. While he unfortunately got run-out on 57 runs, Rahul still has a chance to etch his name in the history books when he comes out to bat in the second innings. The Indian opener will definitely be eager to equal the world record of seven consecutive fifties and join the elite list including the likes of Everton Weekes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Rogers and Andy Flower. When KL Rahul made 199 against England at Chennai in Dec 2016, he then had 4 100s & 1 fifty in Tests. Now he has 4 100s, 8 fifties!#SLvInd — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 2017 KL Rahul, 3rd Indian after Dravid and Viswanath to score 6 consecutive 50's. I wonder what is common to all of them. — Manish (@paap_singer) August 3, 2017
  3. <p>The advent of Twenty20 cricket has allowed batsmen to showcase their batting prowess and cut a sorry a figure for the hapless bowlers. From the might of AB de Villiers to the artistry of Virat Kohli, the modern-day cricket has witnessed innovative techniques and powerful hitting being put to adequate use by the batsmen.</p> <p>But, in the current Indian side, no one has appeared as destructive as young Hardik Pandya. The marauding right-hander has already showcased his batting might in the limited-overs cricket before following it up with an impactful Test debut against Sri Lanka recently.</p> <p>During his blistering knock of 50 runs at Galle, Pandya clubbed three sixes and five fours becoming only the fifth Indian debutant to score a fifty batting at No. 8 or lower in the longest version of the game. He also broke the record for most number of sixes on Test debut.</p> <p>Going by his recent exploits, it was only fair for someone like Cheteshwar Pujara to believe that the Baroda boy can emulate Yuvraj Singh's feat of hitting six maximums in an over. During the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Pandya smashed Pakistani spinner Imad Wasim for three consecutive sixes before deciding not to go for it on the fourth ball.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">VIDEO: <a href="https://twitter.com/cheteshwar1">@cheteshwar1</a> quizzes <a href="https://twitter.com/hardikpandya7">@hardikpandya7</a> on a wide range of topics - by <a href="https://twitter.com/28anand">@28anand</a> <a href="https://t.co/OTV61Zhms8">https://t.co/OTV61Zhms8</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SLvIND?src=hash">#SLvIND</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIndia?src=hash">#TeamIndia</a> <a href="https://t.co/WHRXtXWVZN">pic.twitter.com/WHRXtXWVZN</a></p> — BCCI (@BCCI) <a href="https://twitter.com/BCCI/status/891927399306149888">July 31, 2017</a> <p>During a candid exchange with Pujara, the 23-year-old spoke revealed that he plays according to the match situation and not for sixes, but didn't rule out the possibility of doing so. "Even in my short career I've hit three sixes in three balls but never went for the fourth one because the situation didn't demand. But someday when I'll have the situation where I can go all six balls, I might do it," Pandya said.</p> <p>When asked to compare himself with Pujara in terms of pulling the ball, Pandya promptly replied that it was definitely the Saurashtra batsman who does it better. "Definitely you. He (Pujara) pulls it so well that he can easily hit a ball 100 metres easily in any ground," he said.</p> <p>"I was proud of myself because I know I don't play the pull shot that well. I've not played it till now," he added.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/hardik-pandya-tipped-to-emulate-yuvraj-s-six-sixes-record1-1501506953.jpg" alt="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/hardik-pandya-tipped-to-emulate-yuvraj-s-six-sixes-record1-1501506953.jpg" />© Reuters</p> <p>The Baroda boy made an impressive Test debut. He hit an aggressive half-century in the first innings and also took a wicket off a beautiful inswinger to get read of Nuwan Pradeep. Talking about his debut game, he said that he feels pretty good and proud of his achievements.</p> <p>"It feels pretty good. As a youngster you always want to play Test cricket and eventually when you get the opportunity and you do well, it always feels good. So I'm really proud of myself," Pandya said.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/hardik-pandya-tipped-to-emulate-yuvraj-s-six-sixes-record2-1501506970.jpg" alt="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/hardik-pandya-tipped-to-emulate-yuvraj-s-six-sixes-record2-1501506970.jpg" />© Reuters</p> <p>Talking about how he prepares for a Test match which is completely different from the shorter formats, where Pandya has been very successful, he said that he just changes the way he thinks as the skills one has remains the same.</p> <p>"As an international cricketer you need to be smart with the preparation you do. You need to switch from the mind according to the format. You don't change your skills much. You work on your bowling, batting and patience," said Pandya.</p> <p></p>
  4. Police stand guard at the scene of the incident/AFP HAMBURG: One person was killed and six others were injured on Friday when a failed asylum-seeker brandishing a knife attacked shoppers in a Hamburg supermarket, before being overpowered by passers-by, police and officials said. The attack had been motivated by "hate," mayor Olaf Scholz said, although he stopped short of declaring it a terrorist incident. "It makes me especially angry that the perpetrator appears to be a person who claimed protection in Germany and then turned his hate against us," he said. If confirmed as a terrorist attack, it would be the first in Germany since Tunisian Anis Amri drove a truck into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market on December 19, killing 12 and injuring 48. Police said that the man was a 26-year-old born in the United Arab Emirates, but were unable to immediately confirm his nationality or identify the motive behind the violence. News website Spiegel Online reported that the individual was named Ahmad A., who had arrived in Germany seeking asylum and had contact with the militant scene as well as a history of mental health problems and drug use. The attacker had been scheduled to be deported, but the process had been held up as he lacked identity papers, Scholz said. Police and the city-state´s interior minister are expected to offer further details about the incident at a midday (1000 GMT) news conference on Saturday. High alert Germany has been on high alert about the threat of a terrorist attack since Amri´s rampage in Berlin, for which the Daesh group claimed responsibility. Militants have also carried out a string of random assaults in European countries using knives. Like the Hamburg attacker, Amri was a failed asylum seeker who could not be deported for lack of documents. Hamburg knife attacker 26 years old, born in United Arab Emirates The attack left a 50-year-old man dead and five others injured The similarity between the two cases risks reopening barely healed wounds over Chancellor Angela Merkel´s decision to allow more than million migrants into Germany since 2015, with just two months to go until legislative elections in September. "These criminals want to poison our free society with fear, but they will not succeed," mayor Scholz said. Politicians were quick to jump on the attack, with the anti-migrant, anti-Islam and anti-European party AfD condemning the chancellor. Improvised weapons The attacker stabbed to death a 50-year-old man, believed to be a German citizen, and "struck out wildly" at others, wounding a woman and four men aged 19 to 64, police said. Another 35-year-old man was hurt while overpowering the attacker in the street alongside other passers-by shortly after the killing. "A crowd of about 30 people ran out of the supermarket. They yelled that someone had been stabbed... we saw a man go past with a big knife, like a butcher´s knife, in his hand," eyewitness Ralf Woyna told AFP. Woyna had been sitting at a cafe opposite the entrance to the shop where the chase began. "Two customers who also looked Middle Eastern took all the chairs from the cafe and ran after him. I lost sight of them for a minute? I knew it was an attack straight away," he added. An amateur mobile phone video published by news site Spiegel Online showed a handful of pursuers confronting the attacker, a bearded man wearing a t-shirt and jeans, amid dense city traffic. They can be seen hurling chairs at him to keep him at a safe distance as he yells and brandishes the knife. According to Spiegel Online, the 35-year-old man injured during the struggle was the one who finally forced the suspect to the ground, using a pole. The witnesses slightly hurt the attacker while they were overpowering him, before handing him over to police. Newspaper Bild published images of the man lying handcuffed on the ground and sitting in the back seat of a police car, a bloodied white bag pulled over his head.
  5. Ross Whiteley struck six sixes in an over/Getty Images LONDON: Worcestershire´s Ross Whiteley hit six sixes in an over on Sunday to join a select group who´ve performed the feat in senior cricket. Whiteley struck Yorkshire left-arm spinner Karl Carver for six sixes -- a total of 36 runs -- during the 16th over of Worcestershire´s innings in an English Twenty20 match at Headingley. But he fell for 65 off 26 balls as Worcestershire finished on 196 for seven in a 37-run defeat. Yorkshire´s David Willey, the England all-rounder, earlier made 118 that included 34 runs off one over from Australia paceman John Hastings. West Indies great Garry Sobers was the first batsman to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket when, playing for Nottinghamshire, he performed the feat against Glamorgan´s Malcolm Nash in a County Championship match at Swansea in 1968. Since then India´s Ravi Shastri, South Africa´s Herschelle Gibbs and India´s Yuvraj Singh have all matched that achievement in either first-class, one-day or Twenty20 cricket. And in 2013, Lancashire batsman Jordan Clark struck six sixes in an over during a 2nd XI match against arch-rivals Yorkshire at Scarborough. "It was the right time in the game for me to go for it," said Whiteley. "It was all or nothing. Unfortunately for the bowler it was a short boundary on the leg-side. "I had the mentality that I was going to go for it before I got in. I hit the first out of the screws and needed to keep going for the team, not for that achievement. "It´s something I never really thought I´d do in professional cricket." The 28-year-old added: "Personal milestones are great, but it´s hard to get away from the defeat. It´s pretty tough to take. We´ve lost four out of five and are right down at the bottom." Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said captain Tim Bresnan -- Gale´s brother-in-law -- had bowled Carver at the wrong stage of the innings. "I blame poor captaincy for that," he said. "He shouldn´t have bowled him at that part of the game. "I felt for Karl, he´s got a good record in T20 cricket and he´ll bounce back," Gale added. "Ross nearly did it a few years back against us. It was good striking."
  6. Palestinian protesters react to water canon and tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem July 21, 2017. Photo: Reuters JERUSALEM: Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site. Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors. He gave no details, but current contacts are largely limited to security cooperation. "I declare the suspension of all contacts with the Israeli side on all levels until it cancels its measures at al Aqsa mosque and preserves the status quo," Abbas said in a brief televised speech. The three Israelis stabbed to death and a fourth who was wounded were from the fenced-in West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf. Israeli media said the three dead were all members of the same family, two men aged 60 and 40 and a woman of 40. The wounded woman, 68, was hospitalised with stab wounds to her back, Israeli media said. A still photo carried by Israeli television showed a kitchen floor completely red with blood. The family had sat down to a traditional Friday evening meal when the attack occurred, according to Israel Radio. The Israeli army and media said the assailant slipped into the settlement under cover of darkness to carry out his attack. Israel Radio identified him as a 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Khobar near Ramallah. It said he was shot, but his condition was not initially known. Palestinian-Israeli Clashes Near Shrine Earlier, Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli security forces. Tensions had mounted for days as Palestinians hurled rocks and Israeli police used stun grenades after the detectors were placed outside the sacred venue, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. The Palestinian Health Ministry said Mohammed Sharaf, 17, and Mohammad Hassan Abu Ghannam, age unknown, died of gunshot wounds in two neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem somewhat away from the epicentre of tension in the walled Old City. It reported a third Palestinian fatality, Mohammed Lafi, 18, later. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots, with unconfirmed media reports that an Israeli settler was responsible in Sharaf's death. Israel decided to install the metal detectors at the entry point to the shrine in Jerusalem's walled Old City on Sunday, after the killing of two Israeli policemen on July 14. The shrine includes the al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, and the golden Dome of the Rock. It was also the site of an ancient Jewish temple, the holiest place in Judaism. Despite international pressure to remove the metal detectors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet decided in Friday's early hours to keep them in place, saying they were needed to prevent arms being smuggled into the shrine. In protest, thousands of worshippers gathered for Friday prayers at various entrances to the sacred compound, which sits on a marble and stone plateau in the Old City. They refused to enter, preferring to pray outside, in some cases filling the narrow alleyways of the Old City's Muslim quarter. "We reject Israeli restrictions at the Aqsa Mosque," said Jerusalem's senior Muslim cleric, Grand Mufti Mohammad Hussein. Muslim leaders and Palestinian political factions had urged the faithful to gather for a "day of rage" on Friday against the new security policies, which they see as changing delicate agreements that have governed the holy site for decades. Israeli police mobilised extra units and erected barriers to carry out checks at entrances to the Old City. Access to the shrine for Muslims was limited to men over 50 but open to women of all ages. Roadblocks were in place on approach roads to Jerusalem to stop buses carrying Muslims to the site. At one location near the Old City, stone throwers did try to break through a police line, and police used stun grenades to drive them back. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said four officers were injured in the sporadic clashes and the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said at least 377 protesters had been hurt, some suffering from tear gas inhalation. The hilltop compound has long been a source of religious friction. Since Israel captured and annexed the Old City, including the compound, in the 1967 Middle East war, it has also become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism. "This is our place of prayer, we have sovereignty here," Salaam said. On Thursday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to press for the removal of the metal detectors. Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East, appealed for calm and the White House called for a resolution. Jordan, the custodian of the holy site, has also been involved in mediation efforts. But Netanyahu's 11-member security cabinet opted in a late-night meeting to retain the metal detectors to ensure no weapons were smuggled in, a week after three Arab-Israeli gunmen shot dead two Israeli policemen in the vicinity of the complex.
  7. President Donald Trump holds a Marucci baseball bat in the Blue Room during a ?Made in America? product showcase event at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2017. Photo: AFP/file WASHINGTON: Donald Trump took office trailing a string of promises made during a bruising election campaign. Six months into his presidency, here is where the 45th occupant of the White House stands in fulfilling some of the most notable promises in his ambitious agenda: BUILD A WALL ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER, MAKE MEXICO PAY FOR IT Trump issued an executive order on January 25, five days after taking office, directing the Department of Homeland Security to identify and allocate funding for "planning, designing, and constructing" the barrier along the US-Mexico border. The anti-illegal immigration project has been stalled, however, by Mexico´s refusal to pay for the wall and reluctance in Congress to dedicate funding for the barrier, which could cost as much as $20 billion according to some estimates. STATUS: INCOMPLETE PULL US OUT OF PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORD Trump annnounced on June 1 that the United States will withdraw from the 196-nation Paris agreement on climate change and seek to negotiate a new global deal. Declaring that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," the US president complained that the accord signed under Barack Obama was giving other countries an unfair advantage over US industry and destroying American jobs. Because of the wording of the agreement, the earliest possible date for an official US withdrawal from the accord is November 4, 2020 -- just one day after the country´s next presidential election. STATUS: PROMISE KEPT REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE Trump pledged to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act -- better known as Obamacare -- within the first 100 days of his presidency. But he was thwarted this week when the Republican-controlled Senate failed to come up with the votes to overturn the health law. The White House insisted, however, that the fight was not over and Trump said he intended to "let Obamacare fail" and come up with a new bill. STATUS: PROMISE BROKEN NAME A CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE Trump promised during the campaign to nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, a right-wing icon on the court who died in February 2016. Trump named federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, a Scalia disciple, to the vacant seat and Gorsuch was confimed 54-45 by the Senate. STATUS: PROMISE KEPT BLOCK ENTRY OF MUSLIMS INTO THE US During the campaign, Trump controversially called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" until US lawmakers "can figure out what is going on." Since taking office, however, his efforts to temporarily ban entry into the United States of citizens from six Muslim-majority countries have met with repeated challenges from lower courts. But Trump secured a partial victory as the Supreme Court approved a temporary ban on nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who cannot prove that they have close family relations in the United States. STATUS: PROMISE PARTIALLY KEPT TRADE: PULL OUT OF TPP, RENEGOTIATE NAFTA Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- the trade agreement with 11 Pacific nations -- within days of taking office. Formal talks with Canada and Mexico on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as August, according to The Washington Post. STATUS: PROMISE KEPT RENEGOTIATE THE NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN During the campaign, Trump derided the 2015 agreement aimed at curbing Iran´s nuclear ambitions as "the worst deal ever." The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program, but Trump has not followed through so far on his threat to force Tehran to renegotiate the accord. STATUS: INCOMPLETE DEFEAT DAESH Trump pledged during the campaign to crush the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria, and the Pentagon presented him in February with the outlines of a plan to do so. Since then, Daesh fighters have been driven out of Mosul and Raqa, the capital of the so-called caliphate, is under seige. STATUS: INCOMPLETE IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA Trump repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin while on the campaign trail and said he would improve US relations with Russia if he was elected president. But Trump´s fledgling administration has been dogged by charges that members of his campaign may have colluded with Russia to get him elected. A special prosecutor is looking into the allegations. Trump met face-to-face with Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg this month and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said they had "clear positive chemistry" during "very constructive" talks. What comes of it remains to be seen. STATUS: UNCERTAIN
  8. A ride in Aladdin Park in Gulshan Iqbal area crashed, injuring at least six people, Karachi, Pakistan, July 8, 2017. KARACHI: A ride in an amusement park here in the city's Gulshan-e-Iqbal area crashed due to unidentified reasons, causing six people to be injured, rescue sources said. People wounded in the accident at Aladdin Park have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital for immediate medical treatment, rescue officials added. Interior Minister of Sindh Suhail Anwar Khan Siyal took urgent notice of the incident and ordered Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-East to submit a report in this regard. However, Superintendent of Police (SP)-Gulshan Ghulam Murtaza appeared unaware of the Aladdin Park accident, saying that "no such incident has taken place here".
  9. WASHINGTON: Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc will ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Apple Inc from selling some iPhones and iPads in the United States that use chips made by competitor Intel Corp on the grounds that the devices infringe on six Qualcomm patents. In a request that would broaden its legal battle with Apple, San Diego-based Qualcomm said it will ask the US ITC to ban imports of the infringing Apple devices. A related lawsuit was filed in federal court in California on Thursday to request monetary damages. Qualcomm, which also supplies chips to Apple, said the six patents help devices perform well without draining the battery. Apple referred reporters to its earlier comments on the dispute with Qualcomm, which accuse Qualcomm of unfairly imposing what Apple calls a 'tax' on Apple devices using Qualcomm chips. Intel declined comment. There has been long-running tension between Qualcomm and Apple over Qualcomm's practice of taking a cut of the total price of the phone in exchange for "modem" chips that help phones use wireless networks data plans. The ITC is a popular venue for patent disputes because it handles cases relatively quickly and can more easily bar an infringing product from the US market than federal courts. Animosity between the two companies burst into the open in January, when the US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm and accused it of using "anticompetitive" tactics to maintain its monopoly on a key semiconductor used in mobile phones. The FTC, which enforces antitrust law along with the Justice Department, said that Qualcomm used its dominant position as a supplier of certain chips to impose "onerous" supply and licensing terms on cellphone manufacturers and to weaken competitors. Days later, Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion, accusing it of overcharging for chips and withholding promised rebates because of Apple's discussions with South Korea's antitrust regulators in their probe of Qualcomm. Separately from this dispute, Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for modem chips that connect phones to wireless networks. The two companies together accounted for 40 percent of Qualcomm's $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. Qualcomm has faced a series of antitrust rulings across the globe. South Korea's antitrust regulator fined Qualcomm Inc 1.03 trillion won ($854 million) in December for what it called unfair patent licensing. In February 2015, Qualcomm paid a $975 million fine in China following a 14-month probe, while the European Union in December 2015 accused it of abusing its market power to thwart rivals.
  10. Image courtesy: Voice of Europe Twitter account (@V_of_Europe) TOULOUSE: One person was shot dead and six others injured ? two seriously ? when a gunman opened fire in the southern French city of Toulouse late Monday, a local source said. Local press reported that a gunman on a scooter opened fire at around 9:00 PM (12:00 AM PST, Tuesday) in the La Reynerie district of Toulouse. "No possibilities are ruled out, but there is at this stage no indication of any terrorist element" connected to the incident, the official added. The favoured theory is that the shooting was some revenge killing, a source close to the enquiry said. Local officials, meanwhile, said extra security had been deployed to the area.
  11. An international passenger arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport after the US Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review. File photo: Reuters Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close family relationship to a US individual or formal ties to a US entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the US State Department on Wednesday. The guidance defined a close familial relationship as being a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step siblings and other step family relations, according to a copy of a cable distributed to all US diplomatic posts and seen by Reuters. Narrowed travel ban could sow confusion in US and abroad, experts say The Supreme Court agreed to decide the legality of Trump order in its next term, which begins in October The cable, first reported by the Associated Press, said close family "does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés, and any other 'extended' family members." It also specified that any relationship with a US entity "must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading the E.O.," a reference to US President Donald Trump's March 6 executive order temporarily barring most US travel by citizens of six nations. The cable provides advice to US consular officers on how to interpret Monday's Supreme Court ruling that allowed parts of the executive order, which had been blocked by the courts, to be implemented while the highest US court considers the matter.
  12. PESHAWAR: A bomb resembling a toy killed at least six children Sunday in Speenmark village in the South Waziristan, officials said. The bomb exploded while the children were playing with it in the tribal district. "Six children aged between six to 12 years, all boys, were killed by a toy bomb and two others wounded critically," a local government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Another local security official confirmed the incident and casualties. The origin of the bomb was unclear. Dozens of children, mostly in north-west Pakistan, have lost their lives in the past when playing with "toys" that turned out to be explosive devices. South Waziristan is also one of the seven tribal areas, where the army has for more than a decade been battling militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Pakistan army launched an operation in June 2014 in neighbouring North Waziristan to wipe out terrorist bases in the tribal areas and end an insurgency that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004. As a result, security has improved.
  13. LONDON: At least six people were injured on Sunday after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports center in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said on Sunday. Local media said hundreds of people were celebrating Eid, which marks the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, at the sports center and that two children were among the casualties. "On Sunday June 25, at approximately 9:14 a.m. Northumbria Police received reports that a vehicle had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne," the police said in a statement. "Police enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened but, at this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident." Police said a 42-year-old woman had been detained and was in custody.
  14. Chinese military police and rescue workers are seen at the site of a landslide in in Xinmo village. -AFP BEIJING: At least six people were found dead and over 100 remained missing hours after a massive landslide buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday as rescuers frantically scoured through rocks for survivors. A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after 62 homes in Xinmo village were swallowed by boulders when the side of a mountain collapsed, according to the Maoxian, or Mao county, government. The government said on its Weibo social media account that six bodies were recovered while 112 people remained missing. State media had earlier revised the number of missing people down from 141 to over 120. The early morning landslide, which officials believe was triggered by heavy rains, blocked a two-kilometre (one-mile) stretch of river and 1.6 kilometre of road, according to state media. Rescuers and local residents used ropes to move a boulder while dozens of others, aided by sniffer dogs, searched the rubble for survivors, according to videos posted online by the Maoxian government and state broadcaster CCTV. Bulldozers and heavy diggers were also deployed to remove boulders, while villagers and soldiers lifted rocks with their bare hands. Rescuers brought spotlights to continue the search after sunset. Nearly 2,000 police, soldiers and civilians were taking part in the rescue. Medics were seen treating a woman on a road. No sign of the village could be seen in aerial footage, which showed a grim and grey rock-strewn landscape covering the area where it once existed by a river. A fourth survivor had been spotted earlier in the day but officials did not say whether he was finally pulled out of the rubble hours later. "It´s the biggest landslide in this area since the Wenchuan earthquake," said Wang Yongbo, one of the officials in charge of rescue efforts, referring to the disaster that killed 87,000 people in 2008 in a town in Sichuan. More rain forecast Local police captain Chen Tiebo said the heavy rains that hit the region in recent days had triggered the landslide. "There are several tonnes of rock" over the village, he told CCTV. "It´s a seismic area here. There´s not a lot of vegetation," Chen said. Trees can help absorb excess rain and prevent landslides. Tao Jian, director of the local weather service, told CCTV that the 2008 earthquake had "weakened the mountain" and that "a weak rain can provoke a geological catastrophe". President Xi Jinping called for rescuers to "spare no effort" in their search for survivors and prevent more disasters, state media said. China´s national weather observatory said more heavy rain was expected in parts of Sichuan and other southwestern provinces. Past disasters Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly at times of heavy rains. At least 12 people were killed in January when a landslide crushed a hotel in central Hubei province. In October landslides battered eastern China in the wake of torrential rains brought by Typhoon Megi, causing widespread damage and killing at least eight. More than 70 were killed by a landslide in the southern commercial hub of Shenzhen in December 2015, caused by the improper storage of waste. One of the deadliest landslides took place in 1991, when 216 were killed in southwestern Yunnan province.
  15. WASHINGTON: Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump´s advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn´t really care about combatting the illness. In a letter published Friday in Newsweek, Scott Schoettes said the Trump administration has "no strategy" on AIDS and that he and his five colleagues will be more effective advocating for change from the outside. Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director at Lambda Legal, resigned Tuesday from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, along with Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados. The council can have up to 25 members. "The Trump administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and -- most concerning -- pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease," Schoettes wrote. "If we do not ensure that US leadership at the executive and legislative levels are informed by experience and expertise, real people will be hurt and some will even die," he said. "Because we do not believe the Trump administration is listening to -- or cares -- about the communities we serve as members of PACHA, we have decided it is time to step down." PACHA, which was created in 1995, includes public health officials, researchers, health care providers, faith leavers, HIV advocates and people living with HIV. Its helps inform the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which was last revised in 2015. Schoettes noted that Trump failed to appoint a head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, a senior advisory position, and took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website the very day he took office -- on January 20 -- and has yet to replace it. He also stressed that changes Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress are seeking to the sweeping health care reform initiated by former president Barack Obama would be "extremely harmful" to people living with HIV or AIDS. Schoettes cited data showing that only 40 percent of people living with HIV in the United States can access life-saving medications.
  16. After the stunning final match win against India - Pakistan secured its direct place in ICC World Cup 2019 as its One Day International ranking has jumped to number six. Team Pakistan entered in the Champions Trophy being the lowest ranking team of the eight competing sides ? however, its fascinating victories against South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and India alleviated its position to number six. A young Pakistan team has stunned the world and created history after thrashing an in-form and star-studded Indian side by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval. After scoring a mammoth 338 runs, Pakistan shot India down at 158 runs to secure one of the greatest victories in the history of cricket. Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir tore apart the famed Indian top three, shaking India to the core as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan headed back to the pavilion.
  17. MUMBAI: An Indian court on Friday found six men guilty of involvement in a series of blasts in the city of Mumbai in 1993 that killed 257 people and wounded 800, the latest in scores of convictions related to India´s most deadly bombings. The special anti-terrorism court said the six had transported weapons and planted bombs, which targeted landmark buildings in the financial hub, including the main stock exchange. A seventh man was acquitted on a lack of evidence. All of the seven men were arrested between 2003 to 2010.Arguments to decide on the sentences will begin on Monday, said Deepak Salvi, special prosecutor for the Central Bureau of Investigation, India´s federal police, who said he would seek the maximum penalties available for each of the convicted men. The maximum penalty is death. "It´s a victory for the CBI, Mumbai police and the people of India who trust in justice," Salvi told Reuters. Lawyers for the men were not immediately reachable. Legal proceedings against those accused of being involved in the bombings have resulted in more than 100 convictions, most of which are still winding their way through the legal system because of appeals and commutations of sentences. One suspect in the case, Yakub Memon, was hanged in 2015.
  18. BAHAWALPUR: Death toll in the bus accident that took place Thursday night near Chani Goth here has risen to six, according to rescue officials. In addition, 25 people were injured in the motor crash, the rescue officers mentioned. A bus travelling from Lahore to Karachi met an accident when it tumbled over from a bridge at Chani Goth, leaving half a dozen people dead and at least 25 injured. The cause of the crash has been determined as overspeeding. The wounded have been transferred to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital and Victoria Hospital nearby, rescue sources added.
  19. BUREWALA: At least six people were killed, while twelve were left injured, due to a collision between a passenger bus and van, in the wee hours of Tuesday, near Ada Tufail Abad in Burewala. According to police, the traffic accident cost the lives of at least six. The deceased, as well as those injured in the crash, were shifted to Tehsil Head Quarter Hospital, added police.
  20. LAHORE/BAHAWALNAGAR: At least six people died in separate incidents after light and heavy rain lashed several cities in Punjab on Saturday, according to rescue sources. Several cities in Punjab, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Kasur, Bahawalnagar, Multan and Lodhran, received light and heavy rain on Saturday. Four people died in Bahawalnagar alone, after thunderstorm hit the city in southern Punjab. In Lahore, a man died and three others were wounded after roof of a house collapsed in Chauhang area. A woman died in a similar incident in Faisalabad. Over 28 people were reported injured in different incidents in Multan and Lodhran. The rainfall resulted in tripping of several feeders of Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco), suspending power supply to large part of the region. The cities affected by subsequent outages included Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib.
  21. Bollywood isn't just about artfully directed films. Celebrity fashion is a big part of movies now. And we are absolutely obsessed with it. Let’s just look at the things we are currently stalking (not in order of priority, obviously): 1) A celebrity’s weird sense of style 2) All things BTS 3) Sneakers 3) Celebs and their cappuccino shots and 4) Dogs, lots of ‘em. But jokes aside, what we are trying to highlight is that there’s a lot of effort that goes into making a celebrity look good on the red carpet. Don’t believe us? One look at the Instagrams of top celebrity stylists will tell you about their coffee-induced haze. But the million dollar question is: Will you (and I) ever get a chance to dress up like our fave celebs? Is it even possible? The answer, however, lies in Dhruv Monga’s attempt to dress-up like a real life, Varun Dhawan. That too in denim. Below are his key takeaways: Shirt- Jack & Jones, Tank Top- Dhruv Monga “Don’t look back in anger. JK. That’s not an actual takeaway. That’s the name of my favorite song!” “The key structure for the look is simple. It’s an unbuttoned denim shirt, paired with a tank top, a pair of distressed jeans and funky-AF sneakers. Because in Bollywood, if you’ve worked for it, you might as well show it. The body I mean…” “I refuse to wear a basic tank top because it’ll make me—for the lack of a better word—common. And, no one wants to be common, trust me!” Shirt- Jack & Jones, Tank Top- Dhruv Monga, Jeans- Zara 4. “I haven’t reached Varun level body/biceps yet. So whatever I have now will have to do. Actually, on second thought, for someone who’s as tall as me, my pecs are just fine!” 5. “I had no urge of dancing with Kriti Sanon to Manma Emotion Jaage. I have no urge of dancing with Kriti at all. I love me some Disha Patani!” 6. “I can only wear this look for 3 hours max or I’ll combust and go to design hell. Not a joke, just an observation!” ‘30 days of Denim’ is a social experiment of sorts, or in layman terms, the ultimate Denim guide, on how to inject your personality, and inherent sense of self into, say, a basic-ass pair of jeans. Bonus: It features 30 really cool men, all with very distinct style sensibilities, but primarily, each having an innate love for all things denim. Fashion Editor: Santu Misra Stylist: Siddharth Batra Assisted by: Sharmila Sharma Photographer: Kunaal Bose Make-up: Shallu Chandla
  22. WANA: Six kidnapped Pakistani workers for a Polish oil and gas company have been freed, a local official said on Monday, more than six months after they were abducted. The six workers for oil and gas survey or Geofizyka Krakow were recovered on Sunday night and have been moved to the main city in Pakistan?s northwestern South Waziristan region, according to Muhammad Tahir, the city?s political administrator. The Polish Embassy referred all queries to the foreign ministry in Warsaw. The Pakistani workers were snatched from their vehicles in November, 80 kilometres from the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan. Geofizyka Krakow, which has been in liquidation since August, could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday. In May, its parent company, PGNiG, said every effort was being made to find the workers.
  23. MOSCOW: A violent storm swept through Moscow Monday, leaving six people dead and dozens injured as freak winds toppled hundreds of trees, officials said. "Due to hurricane winds in the northeast, south-west and east of Moscow trees fell on pedestrians. Five people were killed," the city´s investigative committee said in a statement. "Also a bus stop was damaged due to a strong gust of wind. An elderly man...was killed on the spot," it said, adding that an investigation was under way into the deaths. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said "over 40 people had to seek medical help" after the storm, expressing condolences for those who died. "Several hundred trees were felled," he wrote on his official Twitter. "We are taking necessary measures to deal with the consequences." Moscow emergencies services dispatched units to remove the felled trees but had no information about any serious material damages, a spokesman told AFP by phone. The weather caused delays in Moscow´s airports and the express train to Vnukovo airport had to halt service as workers removed a tree from the line.
  24. Photo: file KARACHI: Six suspects were arrested and nine detained during Rangers and police operations in the city early Wednesday morning. A search operation was also held in Scout Colony in which more than 50 Rangers personnel participated. Two suspected criminals were arrested during the operation. According to Rangers, the suspects belonged to a banned outfit. Suspects have been taken to an undisclosed location for further questioning. During an operation in Shah Faisal Colony No 3, 4 and 5, nine suspects were detained. Weapons and stolen motorcycles were seized from their possession. Police arrested an alleged street criminal, identified as Muhammad Hussain, during a raid in Karachi?s industrial area. Weapons were seized from him. Suspect, Saeed, was arrested from Jackson Keamari. An unlicenced pistol was also recovered from him. Police registered a case against the suspect. Gulbahar police arrested two suspected drug peddlers from Haji Mureed Goth and Firdous Colony. Weapons and contrabands were seized.
  25. A Minnesota judge has ruled that six siblings of pop music superstar Prince are the heirs to his vast estate, more than a year after his death from an accidental drug overdose, according to court documents released on Friday. Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, and his half-siblings, Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson, were designated as the musician's heirs by Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide. Prince died at age 57 of an accidental, self-administered overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl in April 2016 at his Paisley Park Studios compound in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. The creator of hits such as "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," Prince did not leave behind a will, sparking a protracted legal battle over his estate, with dozens of people filing claims of heirship. The exact value of Prince's estate is unclear but believed to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He left behind some $25 million in properties alone, according to an inventory compiled after his death by an asset management company. Prince's assets will not be distributed to his heirs without a formal court order. If appellate court rules that rejected claimants could have a claim, Eide said he would consider them, court documents said. Last month, a U.S. judge blocked a planned release of new Prince music. The six-song EP "Deliverance" had been scheduled to be released on the first anniversary of Prince's death. It would have marked the first in a series of planned posthumous releases of material by Prince from the huge vault of discarded or unfinished material he reportedly left behind. Paisley Park now operates as a museum, with displays of Prince's flamboyant concert wardrobe as well as his instruments and motorcycle collection.